Once again, it seems like Page Rank is making its way back into our daily conversations.
Lots of my readers have been saying lately that they’re seeing some changing values for their PR, with most saying that their PR has actually dropped.
Does this mean that the heralded PR update is finally making its way through the blogosphere or are people just getting penalized?
Is An Update Happening?
It would seem as if an update of SOME kind is happening. Just comparing the PRs I recorded for sites in this month’s Blog Earnings Report compared to the month before, you can see at least one change – Apexad‘s site dropping from PR5 to 4. And others like Opal T have also said that they’re seeing some change on their sites too.
Hopefully I also will be saying soon that I see a change. (And I’m thinking that when since I’m already a PR1 – the big G wouldn’t be so cruel as to drop me to PR 0).
Updating or Penalizing?
If I had noticed or heard of anyone’s PR going up, I’d probably be able to chalk the changing PR to that elusive update we’ve all been waiting for. But all I keep hearing is that PRs are going down.The other day I even received an e-mail from a fellow blogger saying that it appears Google has manually (I say “personally”) penalized his site for selling links by dropping his PR from 3 to a 2! How much does that suck?! I really hope it’s a fluctuation before his real PR hits because I know he has been really making some headway on his blog and this undoubtedly will stunt his marketing efforts.
Have you guys been seeing changing PR on your sites?
Setting the World on Fire
Did you hear that Google is getting rid of Page Rank for their new system called Page Rate!?
I hadn’t either until I stumbled onto Ad Tracker’s post
about the whole thing.Oops, did I forget to mention that the post was not true
That’s right kids and it seems to be causing quite a ruckus in web development circles, but I’m sure it’s doing wonders for Ad Tracker’s site and certainly falls in line with what we talked about here on my They Cry Outrage (and Then They Comment) post where you challenge readers beliefs or something they hold dear, and watch everyone come out of the woodworks to say something.
BUT GET THIS!
On the same They Cry Outrage… post, Ad Tracker herself made comments about the subject which now strikes me as hilarious given her current situation!
â€œwhat if I were to one day to talk about bringing troops home from Iraq or why the US shouldnâ€™t have an official languageâ€¦â€
That sounds like evil on a John Chow level! I love it!
I have actually considered setting aside one day a week for controversial topics, I just havenâ€™t had the guts yet.
Isnâ€™t it fun to draw the lurkers out of hiding though? 🙂
Bush – Thatâ€™s called â€œProvoking Thoughtful Interactionâ€ and thereâ€™s nothing wrong with it. In fact I think itâ€™s smart.
I try to do it on my blog. The difference is I try to use thoughtful introspection to promote reactions. Thatâ€™s about the only method I could think of to stir the pot on my blog. Iâ€™ve kind of set the mold for a â€œnice-nice, feel-goodâ€ kind of place. If I made a post about politics or global warming (same thing?) Iâ€™m afraid the place would suffer a melt down. (A big pink, cotton-candy meltdown. Thatâ€™s not a pretty image.)
So What do YOU Think?
Well it would seem that Ad Tracker has seen quite the opposite of “a big pink, cotton-candy meltdown”, but instead an explosion of traffic and links! Now in fairness, Ad Tracker put her post into a “Humor” category, but I think the tiny text was missed by most that linked to her. So is this post on par with “John Chow evilness”? I’m not sure how people view Ad Tracker’s website (in terms of seriousness), but if say ProBlogger or John Chow had a post like this, how would you view it? Ethical and Humorous? Or just a ploy for more links and traffic?
What do you think? PR Updates and that Ad Tracker post make me think that you guys will have a lot to say! Let’s hear it!